BMCC Fall 2015
Instructor: Chris O. Cook
Have the texts read for class on the date indicated. Please bring hard copies with you to class (it is not acceptable to have them on your phone; you need paper copies on which you can mark, underline, etc.). For your convenience, I have all the stories and poems stored as Word documents and have uploaded those docs myself, so they will pop up as Word documents when you click their links. Depending on what kind of computer you have, you may have to look out for a little download symbol/box and then click "open" on it.
It might be a good idea to print out stories/poems several at a time, a few classes in advance, to avoid the chance of being unprepared.
It is likely that, from time to time, something will come up in discussion that will make us want to revisit an earlier story. For this reason, you should have every story/poem we have read so far with you every day, in a folder or binder or whatever, at least until the end of that unit (i.e., you may stop bringing all the stories after the short-story unit is over and stop bringing all the poems after the poetry unit is over).
Although all of the stories and poems in the first two Units are online, for the last Unit, on Shakespeare's Hamlet, you will need to buy a copy of Hamlet. Any edition is fine, as long as it is Shakespeare's actual text and NOT one of those editions where they "translate" it into "normal" English (we will be reading the entire play aloud in class, so you will need the actual text). Because it is a play, it is not necessary for the page numbers of everyone's copy to line up, since we can just refer to Act, Scene, and Line numbers, rather than page numbers.
Su 8/30: Hand out syllabus; pontificate about purpose of literature.
Unit One: A Bunch of Awesome Short Stories
Su 9/20: --James Joyce, "Araby"
--D.H. Lawrence, "The Rocking-Horse Winner"
--Kate Chopin, "The Story of an Hour"
Su 9/27: --Ernest Hemingway, "Indian Camp"
--Ernest Hemingway, "Hills Like White Elephants"
--William Carlos Williams, "The Use of Force"
Su 10/4: --Gabriel García Márquez, "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings"
--Isabel Allende, "Two Words"
--Joyce Carol Oates, "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?"
Su 10/11: --Raymond Carver, "Cathedral"
--James Joyce, "The Dead" (LONG - give yourself time!)
Unit Two: A Bunch of Awesome Poems
Su 10/18: --Renaissance / Metaphysical Poetry (1600s)
--First-Generation Romanticism (1770s-1812ish)
Su 10/25: --Second-Generation Romanticism (1812ish-1824)
Su 11/1: --Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman (late 1800s)
Su 11/8: --The Beats and The Confessionals (1950s-1970s)
Unit Three: The Awesomest Thing Ever Written
Su 11/15: reading Hamlet aloud in class.
Su 11/22: reading Hamlet aloud in class.
Su 12/6: reading Hamlet aloud in class.
Su 12/13: reading Hamlet aloud in class.
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